Kohei was born in Japan, grew up in Singapore, and is a permanent resident of Australia. Despite all being islands, he did not grow up having a beach as his playground, nor a camera as his childhood toy. He picked up his first camera in 2014 after he quit his job at Google, sold 90% of possessions and packed the rest into a 40L backpack to travel the world. When he returned home in 2016, one of the photos he took won 1st place at the Sony Alpha photography competition, which enabled him to upgrade to a professional grade DSLR, obtain his first ever underwater housing, as well as a trip to Tonga to swim with whales. These chains of fortunate events had reminded him of how much he loves the ocean, how much he loves being active, and how much he loves being creative; the building blocks that naturally led him to exit the corporate world for good and pursue the passion he now has for freediving and photography.
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